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MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature - Chapter Summary
Quickly review elements of modernism in American literature by using these video lessons designed to help you prepare for the MTEL English teacher certification exam. They are interactive and help you effectively study:
- Characteristics of modernism in American literature
- The lost generation of writers
- Ernest Hemingway's works and life
- Writing style of William Faulkner
- John Steinbeck famous works, including the characters and themes in Of Mice and Men
- T.S. Elliot's background and writing style
- Major plays by Eugene O'Neill
- Poems by Gertrude Stein
- Additional works by Pound, Stein and Mansfield
If needed, you can go through each video lesson multiple times to help you you effectively review details about modernism in American literature. You can also complete the lesson quizzes, which are designed to help you quickly assess your knowledge before the test. Lesson transcripts are also available, which highlight important details about modernist authors.
1. Modernism in American Literature
Modernism was an artistic movement that impacted American literature. Explore the emergence of modernism in literature, the characteristics of modernist writing, and identify authors from the modernism period.
2. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century
The Lost Generation refers to a group of young American writers who were disillusioned by World War I and a rapidly changing society in the United States, prompting many to move abroad. Explore the common themes and characteristics of these expatriate writers of the early 20th century.
3. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style
Ernest Hemingway's personal experiences deeply resonated in most of his works and had effects on his writing style. Learn about Hemingway's biography, including his early life, life abroad, and the short stories he wrote in his later years.
4. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style
William Faulkner is one of the most celebrated southern novelists and Modernist writers of the 20th century. Explore a biography of Faulkner's life and discover his literary style in some of his most famous books, including The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying.
5. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works
Born in Salinas, California in 1902, novelist John Steinbeck is one of the most widely-read American writers. Discover the plot, themes and characters in his best-known novel, 'The Grapes of Wrath,' as well as Steinbeck's other key works.
6. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style
The poet T.S. Eliot was most active during the Modernist period and contributed significant pieces to its literature. Discover more about the author's life, background, works, and styles surrounding his legacy.
7. Gertrude Stein: Poems & Explanation
Gertrude Stein was a famous American poet who was influential in the modernist literary movement. Explore the life of Gertrude Stein, the historical context of her work, and some of her more influential poems with an explanation of 'Susie Asado.'
8. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age
The most famous poet from the Harlem Renaissance was Langston Hughes, who wrote during the 1920s and '30s. Analyze two of his poems, 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' and discover their significance to the historical period in which they were written.
9. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays
Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) was an American playwright who left an unforgettable mark on early 20th century theater. Discover more about his life and major plays including The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie, The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey into Night.
10. Lillian Hellman: Biography, Plays & Books
Lillian Hellman was one of the most prominent female playwrights of the mid-twentieth century, known for her social realist dramas, but her involvement in sometimes-unpopular politics has overshadowed her reputation.
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Other chapters within the MTEL English (07): Practice & Study Guide course
- MTEL English: American Literature from 1600-1800
- MTEL English: Dark Romanticism & Transcendentalism
- MTEL English: Realism in American Literature
- MTEL English: Civil War Literature
- MTEL English: Contemporary American Literature
- MTEL English: Old & Middle English Literature
- MTEL English: Renaissance Literature
- MTEL English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
- MTEL English: Authors & Poets of the Romantic Period
- MTEL English: Victorian Literature
- MTEL English: Contemporary British Literature
- MTEL English: Ancient Greek Literature
- MTEL English: Ancient World Literature
- MTEL English: European Authors & Poets
- MTEL English: Contemporary World Literature
- MTEL English: Characteristics of Literature
- MTEL English: Genres & Types of Fiction
- MTEL English: Elements of Non-Fiction
- MTEL English: Drama as Literature
- MTEL English: Elements of Poetry
- MTEL English: Types of Poetry
- MTEL English: Interpreting Prose
- MTEL English: Literary Devices
- MTEL English: Literary Theory & Criticism
- MTEL English: Language Acquisition
- MTEL English: Principles of Rhetoric
- MTEL English: The Essay Writing Process
- MTEL English: Types of Compositions
- MTEL English: Writing Conventions
- MTEL English: Language & Reading Processes
- MTEL English: Vocabulary & Word Choice
- MTEL English: Motivating Students to Read
- MTEL English: Research-Based Reading Instruction
- MTEL English Flashcards